Breitbart’s announced the Arthur cartoon starring anthropomorphic aardvarks is being canceled after a quarter century, and a few years after it sank into wokeness:
PBS children’s show Arthur is officially no more. The longest running animated children’s series ever on television is canceled, with the public broadcaster confirming the final four episodes will be aired next month.
The end comes after Arthur increasingly promoted a series of woke left-wing positions, with the show announcing in spring 2019 that Mr. Ratburn, Arthur’s teacher, was homosexual and premiered an episode with a gay wedding.
Then came the so-called anti-racism ideology that aired in 2020.
As Breitbart News reported, Arthur featured an episode in which Arthur and his friend Buster appeared to discuss the video showing the death of George Floyd.
And that’s how far politics got injected into the show. Undoubtedly, this was all done from a far-left viewpoint, letting violent BLM/Antifa rioters off the hook for their horrific behavior. Interestingly enough, some of the leftist politics Arthur suffered from also affected a spinoff cartoon much earlier:
In 2005, its spin-off show, Postcards from Buster also featured a lesbian couple in the episode “Sugar Time.” The content was consequently condemned by then-Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, which prompted PBS to pull the episode.
So the difference is that, when the mid-2000s spinoff did it with lesbians, PBS backed away, but when they do it with homosexual men almost 15 years later in the original series, it goes broadcast unabridged, and this time PBS is fully behind it. How odd. They sure knew how to go from woke to broke, and now their heavy-handed politics led to the demise of a long-running cartoon ending on a sour note.
Rumors of Arthur‘s cancellation emerged earlier this month when Kathy Waugh, who first developed the show for TV, appeared on Jason Szwimer’s Finding D.W. podcast. “Arthur is no longer in production […]”
She continued: “I think [PBS] made a mistake, and I think Arthur should come back, and I know I’m not alone in thinking they made a mistake. I don’t know if it was a ratings issue or if it felt like it needed to be retired. To me, it felt evergreen, like it was never going to end, but it did end; we finished the last episode, season 25 two years ago.”
Exactly what the Simpsons may do with the way it’s been going of recent, which includes a similar tale with Waylon Smithers, main assistant to stingy factory magnate Montgomery Burns. Which is actually rather peculiar, because I vaguely remember an early episode of the Simpsons featuring a pair of twin sisters who were students at Bart’s school, and it was indicated Smithers was the father when he called hello to them at the power plant Burns runs. If my memories are correct, series creator Matt Groening and company sure abandoned that connection mighty fast, all for the sake of early wokeness.
Originally published here.